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' A RING OF PROMISE
By Horatio Denton Gerhardt.
Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Bart Wilson at the jewelry
counter looked up in surprise as
Jie heard Daisy Martin ask falter
"What kind of a ring can I buy
for five dollars?"
s "Not a very good one." he re-
3How High Do You Want to Go?
turned, then as her pretty brown
reyes filled, he added, ""but you
"might give me that much as a de
rposit and pay the rest later."
et "I didn't know you ever sold
goods that way," Daisy said soft
",ly, and for the first time Bart,
'smarting from a hurt given him
by a heartless city girl who 'had
flirted with him during the past
couple of months, noticed how
lovely the girlish face was.
"I never have," he said smiling,
"but it is never too late to change
my methods. Don't tell anyone
about it, will you?"
"Oh no, no," she cried in alarm,
"and you won't tell that I have
bought it?" and the tears started
in her sweet eyes.
"Why, surely not," he returned,
wondering at her emotion, and
briskly turning matters into a
thoroughly business channel he
pulled out a tray of rings and
"How high do you want to
The girl's eyes lingered upon a
dainty -little pearl cluster ring,
and Bart finally let her have it at
cost, twelve dollars, telling her to
pay him the other seven as she
saw fit. He laughed at himself a
little scornfully the rest of the
day when the transaction re
curred to him, but by the next
forgot it, for Jiis heart was still
heavy with the sorrow the city
girl had made for him.
Daisy came in a week later with
a dollar, and he was somewhat
surprised to see the ring on her
finger, for he had thought she was
buying it for someone else. Again
he was impressed with the beauty
of the young face, and took pleas
ure in exchanging a few words
with the shy little thing who
scarely numbered eighteen summers.
While the two lived near each
other they moved in different cir
cles, Bart being in one of the old-